Dope growing is bad for the Environment


While the government moves to ban K2 and other synthetic cannabinoids there is some evidence too that dope growing is bad for the environment. Which is going to put a dampener on Metiria Turei’s assumptions that the far north maori weed growers are entreprenuerial heroes, when the reality is, it appears, that they are environmental. vandals

This news is sure to send the Greens into a weed induced tail spin.

Talk about sitting back and watching the grass grow. Greens and government officials in Washington State are normally fierce towards carbon emitters, pioneering tough standards on power stations, for example. But their principles go to pot when it comes to cannabis growing.

The practice, legalised there by a vote in last year’s presidential election, is immensely polluting. Growing just one kilo of marijuana, a study concluded last year, releases as much carbon dioxide as driving across the United States seven times. This is because it is mainly cultivated indoors – with bright lights, air-conditioning, fans, dehumidifiers and even machines specially generating the gas to produce more potent puffs.

Normally keen green groups, such as the Sierra Club and Conservation Northwest, have dopily told The Seattle Times that they have other priorities. Governor Jay Inslee – who hails Washingtonians as “the people who are destined to defeat carbon pollution” – declined to comment. And the City of Seattle, despite aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2050, is producing new zoning regulations to permit plenty of indoor reefer ranching.

Let’s see how the Greens deal with this shocking news.


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  • Pissedoffyouth

    it’s grown indoors because its easier to hide, once legalised more people will grow outdoors making this argument invalid

    • PlanetOrphan

      It’s the timeframe, lights will give u “fruit” every 6 weeks, as opposed to 12months outside.
      Goes for any out of season produce as well.

      • Pissedoffyouth

        This is true, however with it being legal they could research ways to either chemically bring on budding or breed varieties which can do it more often maybe?

        • PlanetOrphan

          Length of light cycle, 18-20 hours is summer, 12-15 is winter.
          They do adapt, hence 6weeks u start at 8-9weeks

          • Pissedoffyouth

            Does it grow at different times of year based on hemisphere?

          • PlanetOrphan

            Yup, outdoors you plant after the longest day I think.
            Check this out for clarification…

    • Travis Poulson

      Are you saying it won’t emit carbon dioxide outdoors? And if legalized and grown outdoors, wouldn’t it result it an marked increase in quantity, therefore increasing carbon dioxide emissions? I’m just playing the devils advocate here as I think it is a retarded argument either way in regards to emissions. But I do find it funny how the green movement backs itself into a corner with their own dumb policies and ideas.

      • Pissedoffyouth

        I guess nobody will know what will happen to Co2 emissions – hell, people might stop drinking and start using pot more, and brewing anything creates Co2 so it could end up actually reducing Co2? :)

        • Travis Poulson

          Do everything in excess, you won’t be around to worry about it. Nobody will. Earth will operate business as usual until the core begins to fizzle out. Who knows, dinosaurs might evolve again once we’re gone.

          The irony is the Greens just don’t understand how irrelevant humans are.

          • Pissedoffyouth

            Well once we figure out cheap space travel we can just find other planets to take over

          • Lion_ess

            The bigger irony is the Greens don’t understand how irrelevant they are (except to the Labour Party of course).

        • Ronnie Chow

          Marijuana beer anyone ?

          “Sugar man, met a false friend / On a lonely dusty road / lost my heart when I found it / it had turned to dead black coal. / Silver magic ships you carry / Jumpers, coke, sweet Mary Jane / Sugarman, you’re the answer / That makes my question disappear / Sugarman, ‘cos I’m weary / Of those double games I hear.”

      • Bunswalla

        I’m no biologist, but don’t plants and trees take in CO2 which they use for photosynthesis and growth, and emit oxygen?

        • Pissedoffyouth

          They do when building up during sunlight hours but at night time they burn oxygen and emit Co2

  • Moderation

    If legalized they’d still need to grow inside hidden away, or there would be people helping themselves to it

  • I came across some papers from the USA regarding this subject about 45 years ago, they had plants as big as pine trees in the 1940s, they dipped the leaves in an acid and this helped the plants grow up to the size of pine trees. You could not smoke the stuff until 6 generations down the track. This trick was used for Hemp, for making more ropes.
    Also the hop plant is related, and if you take the top of the Hop plant and splice the root of the other plant to it, the Hop plant will be really good to smoke, and when the police come round you only have a Hop plant hanging off the deck, if they find the root your in trouble.
    So the story in those days was “what is blue is blue” .
    Don’t make homebrew with it otherwise you will all be potty.

  • Dion

    > Let’s see how the Greens deal with this shocking news.


  • Rodger T

    I dunno ,its got to be better than growing gorse.

  • P1LL

    It fucks up your brain if you are under 21 /22 when your brain is still developing .

    This is why we have so much mental illness up here in Northland .

    My heart sinks when I walk past the “legit ” smoke shop in the mall in Whangarei ,the synthetic stuff is far more damaging .

    Why don’t we Leagelise marijuana for anyone dumb enough to want to use it that is over 23 ?

  • Frank Collette

    complete and utter bollocks